Bob Gabella, Villa Park, Illinois: a many-seasoned garden

Bob Gabella‘s garden is situated in Villa Park, Illinois. Having spent the bulk of his life in the Horticulture industry, and having nurtured his interest in plants from a young age, Bob has honed his self-dubbed ‘haven from the world’ in spite of the hugely varying seasonal weather.  His garden is 0.5 acres in size,…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

39 amazing new plants in the USA right now!

I have had an a.mazing few days at the Cultivate Show in Columbus, Ohio. This was my first USA trade show visit, and I was overwhelmed by how many people already recognised me, and would throw themselves at me as I walked the aisles. Thank you, America, I love you back. But, right now, let’s…

Find out how the world of new plants works!

The FlowerTrials is an event you’ll have no doubt heard of, if you work anywhere along the plant sales chain. However, if you’re a home gardener, then you may not know what it is! The FlowerTrials is basically a 4 day event, spread across locations in The Netherlands and West Germany, with 59 plant companies…

Love coffee? Love plants? You’ll love these cafes!

This isn’t quite the article that you may expect. It isn’t about where to eat organic, green food, moreover it’s about where to eat and drink amongst GREENERY! I am super lucky to travel the world with my Plant Geek activities and always make a special effort to track down spots where I can indulge…

10 New York flowers to inspire you during May

The bridging weeks between spring and summer are always magical, as the garden truly comes alive! Last week, I was hanging out in the native plant garden at the New York Botanical Garden, and was fan-girling all over the place! The 3.5 acre native garden features only plants that are native to north-eastern USA and…

What’s this Chihuly thing then?

It can be hard to choose the right material features for your garden, but have you ever considered using glass? The American artist, Dale Chihuly, has led the development of glass blowing becoming a form of fine art. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly’s training included a spell in Venice, where he observed how teams blow glass. He…

9 things you will like about America

Whilst there are some things that un-nerve and disgruntle an Englishman in America, there are quite a few things that are warming: 1. You seldom have to walk far. 2. The service, whilst working for a tip, is so attentive that you’ll hate being back in the U.K., where the service is lacklustre at best. 3. Everyone…

9 things you won’t like about America

America is great, of course. But there are some things that will puzzle, irk, amuse and frustrate you; in that order. 1. Indulgent, carb rich food is heavily advertised and super tasty 2. Toilet cubicles have minimal privacy, people can see over, under and through the door. 2a. 1 and 2 aren’t linked, I promise….

Announcing the launch of Meadow Valley on HSN

I’m super excited to reveal my new project with USA television channel, HSN. During March and April, I will be presenting a range of specially curated plants as part of the new Meadow Valley gardening brand.               The innovative product range majors on plants that are new, different and…

Kimberly Young, Winfield, Kansas, USA: Instagram heaven!

Kimberly Young lives in Winfield, Kansas. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years, and has a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Twenty of her twenty-eight years have been spent as an operating room nurse. She currently works full-time and has 3 grown children. She has 4 small, stone-raised gardens and 2 medium/large ground-level gardens. The front yard…